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Nannyism: It’s for the Military, too

Monday, February 12th, 2007

So if the military trusts you with some of the most deadly and destructive weapons known to man, the logical thought would be that they would also trust you to handle yourself around alcohol, right? Wrong. “For all other 2ID Soldiers who choose to consume alcohol, they must do so responsibly at all times. Specifically, [...]

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A Step Back

Monday, February 5th, 2007

I put up this video over at my blog, it’s well worth a look if you’re interested in the idea of Web 2.0 The reason I post it is that I think it’s important every now and again for us to all step back and fully appreciate just how revolutionary this medium that we all [...]

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The Road to Serfdom (in cartoons!)

Sunday, February 4th, 2007

A few days ago Adam wrote about F.A. Hayek’s “The Road to Serfdom.” In that post, he linked to an online copy of the piece. Included in that online copy was a set of cartoons that laid out, very briefly, the thrust of the piece. I stumbled across the same cartoons on a separate site. [...]

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Hell Freezes Over

Sunday, February 4th, 2007

When the French ban smoking.

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More from Manassas Park

Sunday, February 4th, 2007

I’ve written before about the plight of the David Ruttenberg and his bar. There’s been some new developments, and the police look worse than ever. Radley Balko’s Cliff’s Notes version: “David Ruttenberg hires a guy named Tom Kifer to head up security for his bar. Kifer is specifically charged with keeping drug activity out of [...]

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Thus Always to Tyrants

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

The entire population in the village of Fago, Spain is a suspect in the mayor’s murder. And understandably so: “There is no shortage of contenders. During his 12 years in office, the mayor, a member of the conservative Popular Party and the owner of the village’s only guest house, had been involved in almost four [...]

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Our “Shadow Government”

Sunday, December 31st, 2006

I suspect these three items are related; I leave it to you to figure out how. Exhibit A – “Most Americans Want Public Policies to Prevent Obesity.” An excerpt: “In addition, 73 percent said they’d support government incentives for companies that reduced the cost of health insurance for employees who had healthy lifestyles and shed [...]

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If I had $2,500…

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

…Would I spend it on this? “This historical project will consist of forty-six titles spanning the entire writing career of Robert A. Heinlein. The Virginia Edition will contain all of Heinlein’s novels and short stories. It will also include all of his non-fiction titles along with the vast majority of his interviews, social commentaries, speeches [...]

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Latest Police Harassment

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

Radley Balko has the skinny on a series of recurring harassing actions undertaken by the police force against the proprietor of a local bar (including a 90 person SWAT-team raid under the auspices of an “alcohol inspection”) in Manassas Park, VA. The story seems almost too absurd to be true, as the harassment has gone [...]

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First they came for the gamers…

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

German legislators have found it necessary to defend the lives of Halo’s Covenant Elites, Killzone’s Helghast soldiers, and countless generic terrorists and Nazi soldiers. “Killing” these “persons” could be punishable by a fine or up to 12 months in jail. If such a law were ever to pass here, it is one that I would [...]

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What a Real Totalitarian Government Looks Like

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

While things are by no means perfect with our current system of government, it’s important to keep perspective and remember that it could be far far worse. China ‘executes dam protester’ The government took a man, held a secret trial, held the appeals in secret, and executed him in secret. And before I hear comparisons [...]

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Crossed the line yet?

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

Maybe this will be enough for those who still support the war on drugs to realize that something needs to change. Follow the links, because there’s a lot of good info, but the short version is that the U.S. Government stood idly by and let an innocent man get brutally murdered because a man involved [...]

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“Too Bad”

Monday, December 4th, 2006

That was the response today from someone when I was discussing the recent shooting of the 18 year old over armed robbery. I was literally speechless. In his mind, I guess, the actions of committing armed robbery completely justify the shooting death of the 18 year old by the police because he “was a criminal.” [...]

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The Drug Slaughter

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

Radley Balko’s got a list that’s entirely too long over at his place detailing several lesser known examples of the results of the heroic war against “drugs.” And by “drugs,” I mean of course small time drug users, people who happen to live with drug users, people who live next door to drug users, and [...]

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Police Precautions

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

As I wrote about on my personal blog, last weekend myself and a friend were stopped on a curfew violation; the officer then made a rather harassing “joke” about me being a statutory rapist. A “joke” about committing a felony. Anyway, you can read all about the incident here. It’s not really important other than [...]

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Hi Everybody!

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

First things first, time for introductions. My name’s Mike. I’m a 19 year old who currently attends Iowa State University, located in lovely Ames, IA, but I’m originally from Omaha, NE. I’m studying to be an Aerospace Engineer, which could explain part of the reason why I blog about politics: it gives me something to [...]

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